If you’re looking for financial aid to pay for college or a career school program, you’re probably also looking for FAFSA information and some how-to tips. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for the U.S. Education Department’s student aid program, your first stop for college funding. Why should you get the FAFSA information you need as soon as possible? Well, there’s a lot more federal money for college than many students realize, but you have to apply for it to have any chance in getting your share. The sooner you apply, the larger your share may be.

State and School Financial Aid Deadlines: March 1, 2009

Your FAFSA makes you eligible for more than than just federal financial aid. Most U.S. states and many individual colleges and career schools use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for their own financial aid programs -  but their application deadlines are usually in early March. Since all financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis, it’s in your best interest to get all the FAFSA information you need to submit your application as soon as possible.

A key part of the FAFSA process is getting a FAFSA P.I.N. (Personal Indentification Number). When you fill out the FAFSA online, which is the fastest way, your PIN is what allows you to electronically “sign” your application. Go to the FAFSA website to apply for your PIN, and start collecting the documents you’ll need in order to fill out your application efficiently. Get more FAFSA information and instructions for obtaining your FAFSA PIN from EducationGrant.com’s financial aid pages and on the federal student aid site:

http://www.educationgrant.com/financial-aid/fafsa/

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/before003.htm